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Gender: missing links in financing climate change. adaptation and mitigation

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This position paper advocates for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to carefully plan the future of the climate regime in conjunction with proactive gender equality and sustainability guidelines, instead of being driven by dominant economic factors. It demands that all parties and stakeholders commit themselves to ensuring that climate change as well as mitigation and adaptation efforts shall not exacerbate the injustice, inequities and inequalities between women and men. It therefore calls for the application of gender budgeting and gender audits in all funds. Investments in programmes for adaptation and mitigation, technology transfer, capacity building, etc. shall also be measured by their contribution to social justice, and gender justice in particular.The paper also calls upon governments, international agencies and all stakeholders:

 to ensure gender equity in all phases and aspects of funding: when designing, implementing, evaluating proposals, and reporting on programmes. A series of gender responsible criteria for programmes/projects should be developed, which vary according to the instrument concerned
to involve women and gender experts in the development of funding criteria and programmes as well as in decisions about funding
to develop gender sensitive indicators based on the criteria mentioned above, aiming at measuring progress when reviewing the funds, programmes, and mechanisms
to include financial aid on the subnational level into the funds, confronting in particular the causes of vulnerability to climate change
to allocate 20% of all donor funds related to UNFCCC to be earmarked for activities and projects explicitly addressing women and designed and implemented by women/gender experts.